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Trickster Tales: Forty Stories from Around the World
     

Trickster Tales: Forty Stories from Around the World

by Josepha Sherman, David Boston (Illustrator)
 
People of all ages love to watch the escapades of tricksters. In modern times, we watch Bugs Bunny, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, even Ace Ventura and Bart Simpson. But these contemporary characters have roots in antiquity. The trickster is a universal archetype, found in every culture: Anansi among the African people, Coyote in the American Southwest, Raven in

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People of all ages love to watch the escapades of tricksters. In modern times, we watch Bugs Bunny, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, even Ace Ventura and Bart Simpson. But these contemporary characters have roots in antiquity. The trickster is a universal archetype, found in every culture: Anansi among the African people, Coyote in the American Southwest, Raven in the Pacific Northwest, Rabbit in the American South, the leprechaun in Ireland, and Fox in South America. Josepha Sherman has collected forty stories of tricksters from around the globe. Sometimes human, sometimes animal, most often male (but occasionally a female, as Sherman demonstrates), the trickster is like a force of nature, an Id unchecked by Superego. He is the sort of being who says, while acting on impulse, "What happens if I do this? What will happen next?" These stories come from forty world cultures, including ancient Babylonia, Botswana, and China. This multicultural collection will teach readers the importance of caring, fairness and resourcefulness.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6 UpThe trickster is a universal folklore archetype found in almost every culture, and Sherman takes readers on a whirlwind tour with these 40 tales. Globe-hopping, she visits Germany for the tale of "Tyl Eulenspiegel and the Wager," stops in India for "The Two Tricksters," and goes on to Hawaii for "The Snaring of the Sun." She also makes a short visit with Coyote in North America. Other tricksters included are the leshy, a supernatural creature from Eastern Europe/Russia; Anansi the Spider, from Ghana; and a very clever human, Pedro de Urdemalas, a character from Mexico. These stories are retold in a succinct two-to-three page format. Clear notes examine the folk motifs. Storytellers will be delighted to have this volume with its six-page bibliography at their finger tips.Lisa Von Drasek, Brooklyn Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874834505
Publisher:
August House Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Series:
World Storytelling Series
Pages:
172
Sales rank:
1,042,396
Product dimensions:
8.67(w) x 11.13(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
9 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Josepha Sherman Bio: Josepha Sherman enjoyed success as a fantasy novelist, folklorist, and editor, who was a prolific writer. Her work ranged from adapting Star Trek novels to biographies of Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon.com) to folktale collections like Trickster Tales. Sherman was the winner of the prestigious Compton Crook Award for Best Fantasy Novel, and has had many titles on the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Reader List. When she wasn’t busy writing, editing, or gathering folklore, Sherman loved to travel, learned how to do “Horse Whispering”, and once had a newborn foal fall asleep on her foot.

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